Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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Has Whitaker Sought Ethics Advice on His Involvement with the Mueller Investigation? Inquiring Minds Want to Know

We’re using FOIA to find out whether the acting attorney general has consulted with career ethics experts on his involvement with the Mueller investigation. If not, that could be a major red flag.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Document: Privacy Oversight Board Report on Signals Intelligence Policy

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from New York Times reporter Charlie Savage, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has declassified its implementation report on Presidential Policy Directive 28: Signals Intelligence Activities (PPD-28). PPD-28 was signed by President Obama in January of 2014 and provides principles guiding “why, whether, when, and how the United States conducts signals intelligence activities.” The report was sent to Congress in early 2017.

Secrecy: FOIA

Livestream: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Freedom of Information Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday morning at 10:15 a.m. on "The Freedom of Information Act: Examining the Administration's Progress on Reforms and Looking Ahead." The committee will hear testimony from the following witnesses:

Melanie Ann Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy at the Justice Department (Prepared Testimony)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

About that ‘Winter White House’ Post ...

A couple of weeks ago, The Hill reported on the latest legal endeavour of our little Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) project: a new lawsuit we’ve filed with help from our friends at Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) over a long-overdue FOIA request one of us submitted to the State Department last May.

Federal Law Enforcement

Anatomy of a Presidential Untruth: What Data Did the Justice Department Really Provide the White House?

On Feb. 10 of last year, a Justice Department lawyer in the department’s National Security Division (NSD) assembled some data on international terrorism convictions for transmission to the White House. The lawyer, a man named George Toscas, included in his email to his superiors what he described as “some general statements that are supported by [the data] and can be used publicly.”

They included such anodyne claims as these:

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